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Love is always born : from Voices and Instruments

by Lyle Chan (2015)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

As the song goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. When Roland Peelman asked me to contribute to the Song Company's Leunig Song Almanac, I chose December. It's a magical month anywhere, but especially glorious in Australia because it and Christmas are the start of beach weather, summer parties, and that uniquely Aussie way of relaxing that we call the 'silly season'. I loved the idea of basing a work on the whimsical wonder of Michael's Australian Christmas cartoons. I said to Roland, to capture the atmosphere of this time of year, I must start writing 'December' in December. And that's why this was one of two works I was writing when Sydney was gripped by the Martin Place hostage crisis. As I wrote in the program note for my orchestral piece Untitled (Dec 2014) for Orchestra, Martin Place is a ten-minute walk from my home across Woolloomooloo Bay and I'm there several times a week. During the crisis, my friends who worked in banks and other buildings were stuck, cordoned in by the police. Early the next day, we saw the start of the sea of flowers.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble, handbells (played by the vocalists).

Duration: 6 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Song Company.. Commissioned with the assistance of Kathie and Reg Grinberg.

First performance: by Song Company, Roland Peelman at The all-Leunig Song Almanac (Blackheath Uniting Church) on 31 Oct 2015

Performances of this work

30 Sep 16: Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Featuring Antony Pitts, Song Company.

8 Nov 15: Wollongong ART Gallery

7 Nov 15: Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra

5 Nov 15: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

3 Nov 15: Riverside Theatre Parramatta

1 Nov 15: City Recital Hall, Angel Place

31 Oct 2015: at The all-Leunig Song Almanac (Blackheath Uniting Church). Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

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